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Police: Central Fla. man hides drugs under belly fat

A central Florida man who weighs about 450 pounds faces multiple charges after sheriff’s deputies say he hid cocaine and 23 grams of marijuana under his “stomach fat.” According to a new release, a Volusia County sheriff’s deputy stopped a vehicle Friday after noticing that the passenger wasn’t wearing a seat belt. Officials say 42-year-old Christopher Mitchell told the deputy that he’s too big to wear a seat belt. The deputy says he requested a drug-detecting dog because Mitchell and the driver appeared nervous. The dog detected the presence of drugs in the vehicle. In addition to the drugs on Mitchell, deputies say they also found a handgun and $7,000 in cash in the vehicle. Mitchell and the driver were arrested. It was not clear whether Mitchell has an attorney. …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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City of Miami sues JP Morgan Chase alleging discriminatory lending practices

The city of Miami claims in a new lawsuit that JP Morgan Chase engaged in discriminatory lending practices for years that worsened the foreclosure crisis in minority neighborhoods. The lawsuit filed last week in Miami federal court claims the bank has engaged in prohibited lending practices since at least 2004. The city says loans were disproportionately made in black and Hispanic neighborhoods with burdensome terms, leading to a far greater rate of foreclosures. Miami is seeking unspecified damages and an order prohibiting JP Morgan from continuing to make racially discriminatory loans. Bank spokesman Jason Lobo says the lawsuit has no merit and that JP Morgan has a strong record of providing housing to low- and moderate-income families in South Florida. The city of Los Angeles recently filed a similar lawsuit. …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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Mother blames school police for daughter's disappearance

A South Florida 7-year-old disappeared after school one day last month and then surfaced in Texas with the father, who was arrested. Despite her mother’s calls to police for help, it seems her girl fell through the cracks. Nikoll Castellanos’ daughter returned home during the weekend with burn marks on all of her fingers, rescued in police raids in Texas. Last month, Edwin Maldonado got a relative to whisk his daughter away after school at a Miami Beach elementary school. “They didn’t do their jobs,” Castellanos said of police. “They failed to protect my daughter.” Now the 7-year old’s mother, who hired private investigators to help bring her daughter home, blames school officials for not protecting her daughter from estranged and dangerous relatives. She also blames school police for not taking steps to retrieve her. “They knew the situation at hand and I told them to please have more eyes on my child,” Castellanos said. The child claims her aunt took her outside her classroom, but the school police chief claims a teacher escorted her to the street for an aftercare program and then lost track of her. Miami Beach police were also called. An email obtained by Local 10 shows they took an assist role, believing school …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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Miami Gardens woman gives birth to triplets

A Miami Gardens mother who gave birth to triplets on Friday the 13th was released from the hospital Monday. Diana Bustos gave birth to daughters Dalliyah, Dalyssa and Dianni at Memorial Hospital West in Pembroke Pines. It was a surprise for Bustos and her husband, who have been using infertility treatments for 13 years. “I can’t believe it,” Bustos told Local 10’s Jacey Birch. “It’s a miracle for us.” Bustos said she had almost given up on trying. “When I turned 35, I was like, let’s just try it one more time and see if it happens,” Bustos said. “If it doesn’t then we know we did our best and we’re just going to move on with our lives. And it worked.” Bustos carried the girls to full term — for 36 weeks — skipping the neonatal intensive care unit altogether. “The NICU was ready for them and then you heard, ‘No, straight to the nursery,'” Bustos said. “I was like, ‘what?’ I couldn’t believe it.” While most would find triplets overwhelming for a first-time mother, that’s not the case for Bustos. “Honestly, I want to try for a boy,” she said. “I’ve just got to see how I’m going to manage.” …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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Boating accident victim undergoes surgery at Jackson Memorial Hospital

A father of four underwent surgery at Jackson Memorial Hospital following a boating accident Sunday. Family members of Herminio Bravo said they were celebrating Father’s Day on his boat near the Haulover sandbar when Bravo jumped into the shallow water. “When he dove, my husband saw that he was just floating face down and he asked him if he was OK and no response, so he flipped him over and saw that he was bleeding from his mouth,” ex-wife Wanda Bravo told Local 10’s Christina Vazquez. She said Herminio told her that he couldn’t feel his hands or feet. Surgeons operated on a cervical vertebrae Monday, and Bravo’s family said he is in stable condition. …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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Nearly half a million dollars worth of e-cigarettes stolen from warehouse

A wholesale electronic cigarette distributor is counting its losses after someone stole an estimated $300,000 worth of merchandise from its warehouse. The heist happened Sunday around 6 p.m. at the ElectronicCigaretteWholesale.com on Tigertail Boulevard. Two sheets of drywall is all that stood between the thief and his huge haul. The thief broke into an auto repair shop on the opposite side of the building. He then busted through the drywall to get into the warehouse, where surveillance cameras show he spent several hours passing boxes through the wall. “It’s probably someone who’d been in here before during business hours,” said business manager Justin Darman, who pointed out that the suspect stayed close to the back wall of the space to avoid the motion detectors in the room. He believes the crook loaded the stuff into a truck he backed into the repair shop and drove away. Darman said this heist will have a ripple effect in this hot new industry because he’s a major supplier for hundreds of retail stores around the country. “I don’t know what to tell my customers,” said Darman. “I have about 1,200 customers that are going to be waiting for their replacement, and I don’t have stuff to sell …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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Jury selection begins for man accused of fatally shooting Miami detective

Jury selection began Monday in the trial of a man accused in the 2008 shooting death of a Miami police detective. Andrew James Rolle, 26, is claiming he shot and killed Detective James Walker in self-defense. Rolle’s attorney claims his client did not know Walker was a detective when he tried to get into his unmarked police car after a shooting in North Miami Beach. It is believed Walker, who was off-duty, was visiting his ex-wife in North Miami Beach at the time of the shooting and that Rolle mistook the car for the getaway vehicle. Rolle tried to get immunity under the state’s controversial “stand your ground” law, arguing he only opened fire after Walker pulled out his gun. However, prosecutors contend that Rolle had just shot another man and was trying to get away. Rolle is charged with first-degree murder and attempted murder. Opening arguments are expected to begin later this week. …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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Construction underway on I-75 express lanes

The Florida Department of Transportation has big plans for the future Interstate 75 express lanes. “We started segment C, which is the second of four segments for the 75 express lanes project,” project spokeswoman Monica Diaz told Local 10. “It runs from south of Miramar Parkway to just south of Sheridan Street.” Construction of this segment will cost $85 million. The entire 15-mile project will cost $536 million. This is all part of a bigger plan to connect the Palmetto Parkway express lanes to the I-75 express lanes, eventually connecting to the new express lanes on Interstate 595. Changes will include improvements and expansion to accommodate the I-75 express lanes, so expect intermittent closures to the Miramar Parkway interchange. Diaz said the lane closures are during daytime, non-peak hours, typically between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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Religion

Meet the ‘evangelical’ Catholics who are remaking the GOP

By Sarah Pulliam Bailey (RNS) In today’s Republican Party, a number of factors have forged a new religious identity that supersedes familiar old categories. The post Meet the ‘evangelical’ Catholics who are remaking the GOP appeared first on Religion News Service. …read more Source: Religion news Service     ...
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Tampa resident wins Fantasy 5 jackpot

One “Fantasy 5” game player selected all five winning numbers to win a jackpot worth $182,260.47. The Florida Lottery said Monday that the winning ticket was purchased in Tampa. The 288 tickets matching four numbers won $102 each. Another 9,357 tickets matching three numbers won $8.50 each, and 82,835 tickets won a Quick Pick ticket for picking two numbers. The numbers drawn Sunday night were 08-11-14-15-22. …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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